Teamwork…

Teamwork…

…makes the dream work, right? Usually.

But how often do we really lean in and work as a team? In many organizations, we talk about teams, but they are just broadly defined organizational structures. Team meetings are for reporting individual work and walk away with more individual goals.

That is just not true for a film crew.

This incredible group of artists and technicians are fully dependent on each other. (more…)

Four leadership nuggets for YOUNG LEADERS from California Governor Jerry Brown

Four leadership nuggets for YOUNG LEADERS from California Governor Jerry Brown

Governor Brown is nearly 80 years old and has been a leader his whole life. He was elected California Secretary of State at the young age of 33. He became governor at 36 and ran for President for the first time at 38. Now at 80 he is serving as Governor again.

Leaders, if you are looking to sustain leadership over a lifetime, take the time to listen to this interview. It is full of nuggets (whether you agree with his politics or not!). Here are four that stood out to me. (more…)

Dublin Bottle Works

Dublin Bottle Works

I have always enjoyed a cold Dr. Pepper. It was always the quirky cousin to Coca-Cola and provided a nice alternative when the old standard sounded dull. But when I moved to Texas I learned that Dr. Pepper is serious business. It was invented in Texas and is a favorite drink in the state.

I was surprised to further learn that not only was Dr. Pepper invented in Texas, but that was a serious controversy over this drink. It all started with a model of distribution for soda that had the company making secret formula syrup at their factory and then shipping this syrup to bottling plants around Texas for final bottling and distribution. Now, this is where it gets interesting… (more…)

Oak Glen 2012

Oak Glen 2012

What better way to celebrate the fall, then at the apple butter festival in Oak Glen, CA. Even though it was late in the apple season, we had plenty to do and the weather was great! We pressed our own gallon of cider, sampled a bunch of different kinds of apple butter, and got to run an old-fashioned corer/slicer machine. then we had lunch at a local cafe and finished the meal off with an amazing apple dumpling! Click more to see the photos! (more…)

When in Rome…

When in Rome…

There is nothing ancient in America. We have nothing that is truly old. Our oldest and most esteemed buildings are decades old, not centuries. It is hard to truly appreciate this until you have been someplace that is truly ancient.

Within moments of landing in Rome, our guide shared that we were driving through a gate in the old walls of Rome built by Hadrian in the 4th century. Later we toured churches, and other monuments that were were older than the Constitution. Frankly, I laughed out loud when our tour guide discussed the original church that was built in the 300’s on the current site of St. Peter’s Basilica. That building was torn down in the 1500’s to build the “new” building that is the current church we have all seen. Our guide asked why I was laughing and I said… “This is the new building? It is older than the Plymouth Colonies”

Why is this important? Simple. Humanity does not change. (more…)